Fall-inspired face power mask October 05 2015
Face masks maintain our skin healthy and glowing. They help us prepare it for the changing seasons, clean its pores, and provide it with necessary nutrients. This particular mask, I blended inspired by autumn colors. It contains only three basic ingredients in equal proportions.
Mix all ingredients until they blend well. Place on the face and neck while you avoid the areas around the eyes and mouth. Rinse with water after the mask dries on your skin. Wash with face cleanser to remove the yellowish stain from the turmeric. Skip this step if you plan to stay home and relax. Finally, hydrate the skin with facial serum or your favorite cream.
Turmeric is a root widely in Asian cuisine and traditional medicine. The powder gently exfoliates the upper layer of skin, leaving it silky-smooth. Curcumin, a polyphenol chemical that gives turmeric its vibrant yellow color, has excellent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It improves the skin tone and helps in treating conditions like acne, hyper-pigmentation, dark circles, Rocasea, eczema and psoriasis. Read more about the amazing health and beauty benefits of turmeric here.
People have harvested and consumed Honey for thousands of years, but not everybody knows about the wonderful effect raw honey has on the skin. It possesses natural anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties that make it excellent for preventing and treating acne and inflammation. Rich in antioxidants, honey increases skin’s ability to rejuvenate and slows down aging. It has also the ability to attract moisture from the air and retain it on the skin. For more ideas how to incorporate honey into your DIY home spa treatments check this article from TreeHugger.
Yogurt, too, benefits the skin in many ways. Its high lactic acid and nutrients content promote healthy skin. In fact, it was used in ancient India to treat acne and pimples. As natural moisturizer, yogurt aids the skin to increase its skin tone and elasticity.
Overall this mask will revitalize tired skin and help you get rid of dead skin cells and acne. It will improve the skin tone and tighten pores while retaining moisture. Try it and let us know how it feels.
Mila & Veli
How to fight eczema naturally June 09 2015
Our customers often ask us about the effectiveness of salves against eczema or other chronic skin conditions, the symptoms of which require constant and continuous care. To put it simply, we would not call them "healing," if they did not do the job. To understand how and why they combat eczema so effectively, we must first look at the problem.
A barrier that sometimes breaks...
The skin- our largest organ - shields the inside of our body from the dangers of the outside environment such as solar radiation, infection and disease. It acts as a barrier that stops bacteria from reaching our bloodstream and yet, the skin cells allow moisture and some nutrients to enter. This important barrier, however, can easily become vulnerable to the constant attacks from bacteria.
Agents of infection called Staphylococcus aureus, for example, live on the skin of all people suffering from eczema and even on those who never had a breakout. Higher concentration of this microscopic plague leads to more severe consequences for our skin. Together these bacteria produce doses of protein called "superantigen" that, in turn, activate our immune system on a local level. The skin inflames and the barrier begins to crack. Its tightly packed cells sealed with layers of protective lipids are not so tight anymore. That causes moisture to escape the skin and leads to its cracked and scabby appearance. Those openings in our protective system only strengthen the bacteria and worsen the condition of affected areas. That is why eczema itches though scratching would not relieve the symptoms.
So what would?
Fight back using oil-based concoctions with antibacterial properties!
Because the levels of lipids on inflamed skin are much lower than those on healthy skin, the epidermis is less resistant to attack by bacteria. It loses moisture and dries until it cracks. Logically, supplying the skin with emollient and moisturizing substances from oil based salves, creams, and ointments helps in relieving the symptoms of eczema. The effect cannot be permanent, but with intensive use several times a day and sometimes over night, the symptoms disappear. Affected area reduces, softens and ceases to itch with time. Intensive emollient treatment reduces the need for additional therapy, such as steroid creams.
Most plant-based oils possess emollient and moisturizing properties, but the extent and potency of their effects on the skin vary between the different oils and among various individuals. Emollient are those compounds that soften tissue making it more elastic and pliable. Moisturizes, on the other hand, not only hydrate the skin directly, but they also help retain the moisture it produces naturally. Finally, humectant are substances that attract air moisture and keep it on the skin.
Our healing salves contain potent and pure base oils with all of the properties to fight eczema. Essential oils increase the therapeutic effects of the blend with strong soothing and antibacterial action. Salves belong to the ointment category of skin care products and are suitable for regular use on the body.
Ingredients in similar products vary, but as long as they consist of natural base oils and butters in additional to pure essential oils, these products will be successful in treating eczema. You should seek salve that works for your skin type and has a pleasant scent and texture. Use it regularly directly on and around affected areas. Also, avoid commercial soap and other strong detergents as they strip our skin of its natural lipids and worsen the symptoms of eczema. Instead, purchase natural soap rich in glycerin (humectant) and with added oils that make it milder.